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Farming

Seeds rendered worthless

Carrots in flower for seed Some Canterbury farmers are facing big losses after bad weather ruined their seed crops.

Export suspension lifted

Oamaru's Pukeuri meat plant. Alliance Group's Pukeuri plant has been given the green light to resume exports to China.

Sheep placenta beauty treatment

Reese Witherspoon Our woolly companions have given birth to a hot new Kiwi export, endorsed by Hollywood superstars such as Reese Witherspoon.

Bees knees

Teenage beekeeping brothers Matthew and Daniel Mason have grown their business to 100 hives in five years. Teenage beekeeping brothers Matthew and Daniel Mason have grown their business to 100 hives in five years.

Sharing produces rewards

Wairarapa Eco Farm A new type of farming sees members pay upfront for a year's worth of produce, accepting whatever the land provides.

Opinion poll

What is the main issue for farmers in the upcoming General Election?

Environmental policies that stigmatise farmers and erode income.

The high exchange rate.

Slow progress in upgrading rural broadband.

Rural communities under-represented in Parliament.

Vote Result

Politics stirs dirty water issue

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team. Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

Capturing wool's value

The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.

How now Fonterra cow?

We're losing critical capability

Botulism scare costs jobs

canpac losses Union official reveals Fonterra job losses stem from falling demand since last year's botulism scare.

Controlling their own destinies

Proud owners of their first farm are unfazed that some observers may see it as not much more than a lifestyle block.

Council and farmers work together

Decision hits dairying plans

First scares, now tears

Last year's false alarm over botulism is blamed for co-operative's decision to cut more than 100 jobs at a Hamilton site.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property. Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Beef, lamb exports near peak

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

UK union 'should stop bleating'

Sheep Britain's National Farmers Union should stop bleating about cheap NZ lamb and focus on boosting lamb consumption, Federated Farmers says.

Wool prices push up

Prices for coarse wool have bounced back, rising 11 per cent higher in the past three months.

China to be biggest lamb market?

Meat being jolted tender

Sheep placenta beauty treatment

Our woolly companions have given birth to a hot new Kiwi export, endorsed by Hollywood superstars such as Reese Witherspoon.

Farmers feel drinking change

cheers Fewer people are drinking beer and farmers are getting a hangover.

Hemp touted as crop

Farmers growing a variety of cannabis could take Southland's economy to new highs.

Residues in fruit, vegetables

Maize options highlighted

Seeds rendered worthless

Some Canterbury farmers are facing big losses after bad weather ruined their seed crops.

Bees knees

Teenage beekeeping brothers Matthew and Daniel Mason have grown their business to 100 hives in five years. Teenage beekeeping brothers Matthew and Daniel Mason have grown their business to 100 hives in five years.

Sharing produces rewards

A new type of farming sees members pay upfront for a year's worth of produce, accepting whatever the land provides.

Water woes worry women

Success lies with harvesting beet

Export suspension lifted

Alliance Group's Pukeuri plant has been given the green light to resume exports to China.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink. AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Drought planning pays off

Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Keep watch on running costs

Take worries away from clifftops

Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Upbeat over tech future

When Nick and Anita Jurgens talk about their farming future, son Zander is at the forefront of their thoughts.

Fieldays enrich new alliances

Tailor made forecasting

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.